Malaysia Prime Minister is scheduled to visit Singapore from Monday (14 January) to Tuesday to meet Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong for the eighth Singapore-Malaysia leaders’ retreat.
According to theMinistry of Foreign Affairs, the leaders are scheduled for bilateral discussions and to witness the signing of a bilateral agreement for the Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link between Johor Baru and Singapore.
Coordinating Minister for Infrastructure Khaw Boon Wan, who is also Transport Minister, and Malaysia’s Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan will sign the legally-binding agreement.
The cross-border MRT is said to be able to carry up to 10,000 passengers an hour in each direction between Johor’s Bukit Chagar terminus station and the Singapore terminus in Woodlands North, where it will join the upcoming Thomson- East Coast Line. The service is slated to start running by end-2024.
MFA said, “The RTS Link will help to boost connectivity, strengthen our economic and business links, and enhance people-to-people relations.”
Regarding the meeting, MFA said that the leaders’ retreat is the key platform for both prime ministers to review progress in bilateral ties and set the direction going forward, which have yielded major bilateral breakthroughs, such as in 2013 when the high-speed rail (HSR) line between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur was announced, and in 2010 when both sides resolved an impasse over land owned by Malayan Railway in Singapore.
The Prime Ministers will be at the official opening of two mixed development projects built on land parcels that were part of the land swop deal under the Points of Agreement on Monday.